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A Steam Deck Rekindled My Love For Home PCs

building your own PC comes with unique emotions. Sure, it can be very frustrating – there’s a reason why it’s so much easier to buy a fully stocked PC than it is to make it at home. If you haven’t had the pleasure of building your own PC, it’s not as simple as putting the components in a tower, plugging it in, and turning it on. There may be so many compatibility issues that you hadn’t even thought about. , from your processor to your motherboard to your graphics card. Are you going to overclock your processor? Does your system need liquid cooling? Can it even support liquid cooling?

I used to live this geek life on the edge. I would look at component sales, swap graphics cards for the best performance, stare at my monitor during a BIOS flash, and just hope for the best. My PC was a source of endless frustration, but there was also so much joy as I held my breath, turned things on, and everything just work.

Honestly, it’s a lifestyle, one that I left behind over a decade ago. I finally decided that I preferred playing on the console because it usually didn’t involve much more than turning on the console. I was tired of making adjustments, of trying to make things work. I wanted simplicity, and I haven’t looked back since. Honestly, I haven’t even missed it.

That is, until I got my hands on a Steam Deck. I’ve written quite a bit about this amazing little piece of technology. When I first got it, I didn’t think I would experiment with it much. I was just going to use Steam to catch up on some of the PC games I had missed.

But then I saw someone talking about how they got Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to work on their Steam Deck. And let me tell you, it felt like a beacon in the night. That innocuous little post blew my mind. Suddenly all I wanted to do was figure out how to access as many different platform games on my Steam Deck as possible.

I have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, thanks to my husband, and I have a PlayStation 5. So I googled. I know almost nothing about Linux, but I knew almost nothing about Windows when I started building my own PCs, and got it working.

Before I tell you how to do this (or at least link to the sources that instructed me because I’m No tech-savvy enough to figure this out on my own), let me warn you with this: If you’re very particular about FPS, response time, and graphics quality, or if lag in general makes you mad, don’t worry. bother with this. Games will run, sure, but don’t expect very high quality or high frame rate games. Honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t had too many problems, considering how experimental this all is, but it’s also possible that my FrankenSteam could break at any time. Plus, get a mouse and keyboard for your platform. It makes this whole process so much easier.

Setting up Xbox Game Pass Ultimate was simple because Microsoft provides the instructions directly. It’s a beta version, of course, but it worked fine for me even when I was traveling and had a relatively slow internet connection. I played most of Star Wars: Squads no noticeable delays or other issues.

PlayStation Remote Play was a bit more complicated and it’s important to note that it doesn’t work outside of my local network. Here is a great post of instructions from Reddit user mintcu7000. The only thing I would add to this is to make sure to run the PSN Account ID Base64 script on your deck and copy and paste it into Chiaki. (I tried running it on my computer and writing it, and always got errors.) I’ve played about four hours of Lost this way, and it works much better than streaming from PS to my iPad (which is choppy, slow, and mostly unusable).

What struck me is how much I enjoyed the process of this, almost as much as the end result. It’s so nice to be able to play most of my game library on my Steam Deck, but it’s also very satisfying to play on the back of the system and just get it to work. There is a sense of pride every time I use one of these features because I made it happen.

Now all I can think about is what I’m going to find out next. Does anyone know how to remote play on a switch?

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